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PALESTINE, April 9, 2013--The benefits of self-help groups have grown enormously over the last decade—and for good reason. Researchers, participants, and physicians all recognize and appreciate the benefits of support groups. More and more people are being referred to these groups for peer support, guidance, and empathy as individuals battle a host of conditions from weight loss, co-dependency, alcoholism, and bereavement. A self-help group or support group has these characteristics:
The benefits of support groups are undeniable. Studies point to the benefit of mutual support in helping members deal with the realities of having a serious illness, understanding emotional trauma, resisting addiction, or pursuing healthier lifestyles. Here are some startling facts:
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